Borrowing Guidelines

The Freeport Public Library sets loan period and limits in accordance with the rules of the library consortium of which we are a part in order to provide patrons with fair and reasonable access to the library’s resources. The Library sets limits on the length of time that an individual can keep a specific type of item in order to fairly distribute limited resources. The following items do not circulate: reference materials, including local history materials and newspapers. Click here for our complete Borrowing Guidelines policy.


Patrons may renew items in accordance to the loan rules for that type of item. Items that have holds placed on them cannot be renewed.


Freeport Public Library patrons may place holds on both Freeport Public Library-owned items and circulating items owned by other libraries in the consortium. Items will be held for 6 days after becoming available, after which the item will be reshelved or sent back to the owning library.


Inter-Library Loans are items that may be specially ordered for you from outside of our consortium. These are items that no other local libraries own and will be sent here for you to pick up and check out. For your convenience you can then return the item directly to us and we will return the item to the owning library. The library receives 5 deliveries of inter-library loan items a week.

The items that are ordered from the Freeport Public Library must be returned to this facility and are subject to the normal fee policies of this library. If you have any questions please contact the library or visit the Inter-Library Loan page for more information.


A damaged item is any item that must be repaired or replaced. When an item is returned damaged, the borrower will be notified. If damage is beyond repair, patron will be charged replacement cost and processing fee, in accordance with the Borrowing Guidelines. If the item can still be used despite the damage, the borrowing patron will be charged a $4.00 Damaged Item fee. If item can be repaired, the patron will be charged the cost of replacement or repair as follows:

Item Replacement Cost
Barcode or Label $1.00
DVD or CD Case $1.00 if 1-4 Discs; $2.00 if 4 or more discs
Playaway Case $5.00


If a patron reports an item is lost, the item will be declared “Lost” and the patron will be charged for the price of the item. A non-refundable processing fee is also charged. No additional overdue fees are charged.